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“I Love San Diego” isn’t just a website, it’s your ticket to the ultimate San Diego adventure. This lively platform has transformed the hospitality game, employing a troop of local aficionados who are passionate about sharing San Diego’s gems.

This digital tour guide doesn’t just skim the surface. No, sir! It dives deep into the heart of San Diego, taking you on a virtual stroll through each vibrant neighborhood, and spilling the secrets on where to snooze, snack, sip, and soak up the fun!

Let’s take Little Italy, for example. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill travel guide listing restaurants and shopping malls. It’s a treasure map to the city’s best-kept secrets! Like The Music Box, an upscale venue where live music meets craft cocktails, and food is not just a meal, but a melody of small plates that dance on your palate​​.

And the Little Italy Farmers’ Market? It’s not just about fresh produce (though they’ve got plenty of that). It’s a kaleidoscope of color and flavor, with seafood, flowers, food, clothing, jewelry, and even holistic health products! It’s like stepping into a real-life Etsy store, but better​.

The fun doesn’t stop there. “I Love San Diego” is like that friend who knows all the cool boutiques and can find the perfect wearable souvenir just for you​​. And if you’re more into planks than shopping tanks, they’ve got the inside scoop on the city’s best outdoor workout spots, so you can break a sweat with a beautiful view​​.

Thirsty? They’ve got you covered with their list of the best spots to grab a drink with an eye-popping view of the Pacific Ocean​6​. And for the wine enthusiasts, don’t worry, they’ve uncorked the secrets of Little Italy’s best wine bars​​.

Got a hot date? “I Love San Diego” plays cupid, offering date ideas that are a perfect blend of fun, relaxation, and romance – morning, mid-day, or after dark​​.

So whether you’re a San Diego local, a visitor, or just daydreaming about California’s sun and surf, “I Love San Diego” is your go-to guide. It’s not just about information, it’s about experiencing the best of San Diego with a dash of fun and a whole lot of love!


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May 4, 2020

How to Bring San Diego to Your Living Room

When you can’t travel to San Diego, what’s the next best thing? A SoCal-inspired staycation! Here are our favorite ways to experience the greatest parts of SD, no matter where you happen to be.
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December 19, 2019

Three Day to Night Date Ideas

Planning a fun, relaxing, and romantic date can be challenging. We did the hard work for you and outlined three exciting itineraries that all work for morning, mid-day, and after dark.
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January 10, 2020

We Found a Local Coffee Shop to Match Your Favorite Friends Character

The iconic show may be gone from Netflix, but you can still channel your inner Phoebe in San Diego. While San Diego’s beer scene gets most of the attention, our coffee house selection is just as exciting! These are just…
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January 18, 2020

The LOCAL LOVE Interview with Chad Smith

Want to know where the LOCALS LOVE to hang out? We asked Chad Smith, San Diego native, realtor and surfer, for his recommendations.
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November 25, 2019

Get to Know San Diego’s Embarcadero

If you’re in San Diego for a short period of time, you’ve got to plan your time wisely. Taking a short trek on foot around the bayside pedestrian path will provide sight-seeing in spades! There are parts of downtown’s waterfront…
Local Love
January 13, 2020

The LOCAL LOVE Interview with Steven Vande Wydeven

Want to know where the locals love to hang out? We asked Steven Vande Wydeven, Imperial Beach resident, digital marketer and Bike and Brew aficionado.
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November 10, 2019

Five Downtown Bars With Tons of TVs, Because Sports

If you’re staying downtown and don’t want to go far to catch a game, you’re in luck. We may not have an NFL team anymore (it’s a sore subject), and baseball season may be over, but downtown has plenty of…
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December 5, 2019

A Guide to Little Italy’s Wine Bars

Finding a place to grab a glass of wine in Little Italy is a no-brainer. You can sip on a red or white nearly anywhere in the neighborhood. There are a few standout spots that don’t just have wine on…
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September 5, 2019

A Perfect Day at Balboa Park & The San Diego Zoo

While the renowned Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo could easily take up two days of your trip, here’s how to split these attractions into a single day.
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September 12, 2019

24 Hours in the Gaslamp Quarter

Imagine this: you’ve arrived in San Diego one afternoon, showered up at your hotel, and are ready to hit the town. But what’s next? Read on for a full play-by-play of how you can spend 24 hours strictly in the…
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November 21, 2019

The Best Hotel Bars in San Diego

After a long day of work or travel, sometimes you just can’t be bothered to leave your hotel. If you’re in the mood for an aperitif of sorts, but don’t want to stray far, you’ve come to the right place.…
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February 3, 2020

The LOCAL LOVE Interview with Scott Fisk

Want to know where the locals love to hang out? We asked Scott Fisk, Mission Hills resident, San Diego Expert and your KAABOO connection.
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November 13, 2019

Three Adventurous Excursions in San Diego

San Diego has a lot to offer as far as outdoor activities are concerned. Our laid back city has no shortage of kayak and stand-up paddleboards for rent, but what if you’re looking for something a little more daring? Read…
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September 2, 2019

San Diego’s Best Spots for an Outdoor Workout

If an indoor gym isn’t your thing, you’re in luck. The scenic city of San Diego has plenty of beautiful spaces that are perfect for getting your sweat on. Keep reading for a few of our favorites destinations for an…
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December 16, 2019

The Best Kept Secrets Near Hotel Circle

What Mission Valley lacks in scenic views, it makes up for in great hotel prices. If you’re short on time or don’t want to stray far from that comfy hotel bed, don’t fret: there’s plenty to do in this area.…
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April 22, 2023

South Park Neighborhood Guide

Need a change of pace? The charming neighborhood of South Park encourages slowing down, but trust us - it’s anything but sleepy. It’s just minutes from Downtown and one of the most kid and dog-friendly areas in San Diego! 


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January 18, 2020

Oscar’s Mexican Seafood

Relaxed, beach-adjacent outfit serving up classic & modern tacos, tortas, sides & sodas. Cash only.
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August 25, 2019

Baked Bear – Pacific Beach

Dessert shop for made-to-order ice cream sandwiches with freshly baked cookies, donuts & brownies.
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September 12, 2019

Havana 1920

Cuban classics & rum-based cocktails offered in a warm, wood- & brick-lined space with live music.
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September 11, 2019

Breakfast Republic, Ocean Beach

Fun spot for inventive breakfast plates plus beer & cocktails in hip, quirky surrounds.
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September 12, 2019

Rustic Root

Modern rooftop destination featuring local, seasonal cuisine & craft cocktails in stylish surrounds.
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September 24, 2019

Dark Horse Normal Heights

Stylish spot serving house-roasted French press, pour-over & cold-brew coffee, plus vegan donuts.
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October 23, 2019

Parkhouse Eatery

Cozy eatery serving modern American comfort cuisine inside a converted house with fireplace & patio.
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January 10, 2020

The Wine Pub

A contemporary-styled eatery showcasing 25+ domestic & global wines by the glass.

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August 17, 2019

Fairmont Grand Del Mar

An opulent, palatial resort stretching 400 acres five miles from the coast. Spacious elegant rooms make for relaxing retreats after a day lounging by the pool, hiking nearby canyons, or exploring all that Del Mar has to offer. 8.0 - RatingCarmel ValleyCarmel ValleyCarmel Valley | StayDel MarDel MarDel Mar | StayExperienceFamily FriendlyFree WifiLocationNeighborhoodsNorth CountyNorth CountyParkingPet FriendlySan Diego NeighborhoodsStaySwimming Pool
August 17, 2019

Hampton Inn Del Mar / Carmel Valley

In town for an overnight? Not far from UCSD and Torrey Pines State Reserve, this Hampton Inn is all about location. Enjoy quick access to the 5 freeway and get to North County, downtown or the beach in a snap. 8.0 - RatingCentralExperienceFamily FriendlyFree WifiLocationMission HillsMission HillsMission Hills | StayNeighborhoodsOld TownParkingSan Diego NeighborhoodsStaySwimming Pool
August 19, 2019

Holiday Inn Express Mission Hills

Tucked away between Old Town and Mission Hills, this is a good option for budget conscious travelers. Walking distance to local favorites Dos Brasas taco shop, Home & Away sports bar, and adorable California Bean coffee stand. 9.0 - RatingDowntownExperienceFree WifiGaslampGaslampGaslamp | StayGreat LocationLocationLuxuryNeighborhoodsParkingPet FriendlyStayThe 25 Best Hotels in San Diego
August 28, 2019

The Guild Hotel

San Diego meets the Mediterranean Coast in this ultra chic yet understated hotel. Serving as the YMCA building from the twenties to mid-seventies, it was reconceptualized as a modern, design-forward luxury hotel and opened in 2019. Dine in the gorgeous… 8.0 - RatingCarlsbadCarlsbadCarlsbad | StayExperienceFamily FriendlyFree WifiGreat LocationLocationLuxuryNeighborhoodsNorth CountyParkingPet FriendlyRestaurantSan Diego NeighborhoodsStaySwimming Pool
September 17, 2019

The Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa

A dynamic luxury hotel, located a short drive from attractions like The Crossings at Carlsbad, Poinsettia Park and Legoland California. 8.0 - RatingDowntownExperienceFamily FriendlyFree WifiGaslampGaslamp | StayGreat LocationLocationLuxuryNeighborhoodsParkingPet FriendlyRestaurantRomanticSan Diego NeighborhoodsStaySwimming Pool
August 24, 2019

InterContinental San Diego

Located on the San Diego waterfront, this urban boutique hotel features guest rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows with striking San Diego Bay views. RatingDowntownExperienceLiberty StationLiberty StationLiberty Station | StayLocationNeighborhoodsSan Diego NeighborhoodsStay
August 9, 2019

Courtyard San Diego Airport/Liberty Station

Just minutes from the SeaWorld and San Diego Zoo, this hotel offers a pool with waterfront views. It also features a waterside deli, restaurant, bar and an outdoor-poolside fire pit. 8.0 - RatingCarmel ValleyCarmel ValleyCarmel Valley | StayDel MarDel MarDel Mar | StayExperienceFamily FriendlyFree WifiLocationLuxuryNeighborhoodsNorth CountyParkingPet FriendlySan Diego NeighborhoodsStaySwimming Pool
August 17, 2019

DoubleTree by Hilton Carmel Valley / Del Mar

In Sorrento Valley on business? This is a great option offering the comfort and conveniences of home. Take advantage of the resort-style pool, indoor/outdoor bar, and of course those signature Doubletree cookies.